The Celebration Concert will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at Concord UMC, 1123 S. Main St., Englewood, OH, and will celebrate the winners of New Songs and Hymns for Renewal: A Competition, featuring the Jeremy Winston Chorale and winning entries of the competition.
Awake! Awake, O People! by Barbara Hamm of Benicia, CA, won for Category 1 (New Text and Tune), Forward Through the Ages by Tim Schoenherr of Farmington Hills, MI, won for Category 2 (New Music for Traditional Hymn/Song Text) and Come, Gather to Hear What the Spirit Will Say by R. Frederick Crider of Timonium, MD, won for Category 3 (New Hymn Text for Traditional Tune).
The winning songs from both this year’s competition and the 2012 competition will also be featured at United’s Opening Convocation on Wednesday, Aug 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church.
The Jeremy Winston Chorale was founded by United’s Director of Music Ministry, Jeremy Winston, and first performed at the world’s largest choral competition, The World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH in 2012. Competing against world-class choirs from around the globe, the group won a gold medal as Best Gospel Choir, a silver medal for Mixed Chorus (classical music), a silver medal for Spirituals and is currently ranked among the top 15 choirs in the country. The ensemble was invited to the White House in December of 2012 to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
This year marks the second annual song and hymn-writing competition sponsored by United, celebrating in song the renewal only God can give.